Category Archives: Professional Development

The Magic Email

Keeping students motivated during the semester can be a challenge when the going gets tough and the realities of an engineering education set in, and midterms and finals come around. But one email from you, the TA, AI, or professor, can help keep students in the pipeline. The Chronicle of Higher Education talks about how. Read it here.

Prism magazine also has useful coverage on how to use this technique to keep students engaged. Read Mary Lord’s article here.

Job Searching with Disabilities

Job searching is especially fraught if you fall into a protected class. People who are disabled (or differently-abled) must, on top of an already difficult process, contend with discrimination, a system where resources are not easy to come by, and rampant misinformation about what is legal and what isn’t. Find a few resources for job searching below:

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Job Interview Questions

Ah, the job interview. You’ve put on your best suit, your best smile, and answered all of their questions with poise. But when the interviewer asks, “Do you have any questions for me?” all of the sudden, your mind goes blank. A surprising number of candidates don’t have questions, or simply use the time to try to further pitch themselves for the job. This is crazy—after all, this is a job that you’re considering spending 40 or more hours at a week. You should have questions! At The Cut, they have listed out some questions that you might find valuable in deciding if the job is right for you–after all, you’re interviewing them right back! Find them here.

Tinker Toys

As a busy engineering student, you probably don’t have all the time in the world to take on side projects–even though these types of projects can help you better grasp material and help you find your passion in the field (not to mention put you ahead of some other students in internship applications). Click through to find some small side projects you can tinker with in your dorm in your spare time, courtesy of Make: magazine. Even better, see if you can’t improve on some of the designs!

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Humanitarian Hackathon for Gaza

This summer, students and engineers collaborated across the globe to come up with solutions to some pressing problems. Thanks to A/V portals called Shared Studios, undergrads, grad students, and healthcare workers from Johns Hopkins University, American University in Beirut, and Boston University were able to collaborate as if they were in the same room. Over an intense four-day hackathon, they came up with advanced healthcare innovations for war-torn environments. Read more here.